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This article was published on March 30, 2018

Ethereum’s creator is mad at Facebook for not removing fake profiles of him

Ethereum’s creator is mad at Facebook for not removing fake profiles of him
Neer Varshney
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Neer Varshney

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Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin has been dealing with tons of fraudulent Twitter impersonators seeking to steal cryptocurrency from naive investors – but it seems the trend has gradually caught on to other social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

The young entrepreneur has taken to Twitter to criticize Facebook and Instagram for allowing clearly fraudulent accounts to exist on their platforms. Buterin also took a moment to ask his followers to report the fake accounts, because he does not have one himself.

Vitalik even clarified that he does not use any social media platform other than Twitter and Reddit.

According to the Ethereum founder, it has been more than five days since he first reported the fake accounts to Facebook and Instagram, but the companies have yet to remove them.

In all fairness, Twitter has been struggling with the same issue for several weeks now. Indeed, Buterin is hardly the only person scammers are impersonating on social media. Litecoin founder Charlie Lee complained about the same issue on Twitter last month.

Unlike Facebook and Instagram though, the micro-blogging service appears to be doing a much better job of purging fraudulent accounts from its platform.

In the aftermath of the Cambrdige Analytica scandal, the last thing Facebook needs is a scam epidemic breaking out.

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts also ought to take caution against these impersonating accounts. It is unlikely that Vitalik Buterin, Charlie Lee, or any other influencer is ever going to ask anyone to send them ‘cash’ over social media.

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